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YALSA News

From Sherry Crow – AASL Liason: 

Posted on behalf of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Mark your calendars:

In just 6 weeks YALSA will announce the winners of its 2007 Alex, Edwards and Printz awards as well as the final choices for our six 2007 selected lists. The awards announcement takes place at ALA’s Youth Media Awards Press Conference at 8 AM (Pacific time) on Jan. 22nd in Seattle at ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. To learn more about our six lists and three awards go to
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists. If you can’t make it to the Midwinter Meeting to hear the announcements, log on to
http://www.ala.orgfor a live webcast of the press conference. YALSA will also post the winners and new selected lists on the YALSA web site on Jan. 22nd.

Get Your Teens Excited:

Use your Teen Advisory Group (TAG) to help you with any of the following:
1. Create a display of prior Alex, Edwards or Alex winners.
2. Join the discussion with other librarians and educators on yalsa-bk about what titles are likely winners. To subscribe to yalsa-bk (it’s free), go to
http://www.ala.org/yalsaand click on “Electronic Resources.”
3. Hold a mock Printz election and let your teens vote for which book they think will win in ’07.
4. Begin planning a poster or bookmark contest. Once the winners are announced, have your teens design a poster or bookmark for the Alex, Edwards or Printz winners.
5. Use your library’s blog or MySpace to discuss titles you think may win an award. Encourage your teens to share their opinions.

Make a shopping list:

1. Stock up on awards seals for your Edwards & Printz books. They’re available for purchase from the ALA online store at:
http://www.alastore.ala.org(ALA members get a 10% discount).
2. Keep your eye on the ALA Store’s web site. Posters and bookmarks featuring the 2007 award winning titles will be sold there. Preorders will be available in February and the goal is to have products ready for purchase by March.

Read up:

1. In the fall issue of YALSA’s journal, Young Adult Library Services, you can read the awards speeches from the 2006 Printz winner and honorees and from the 2006 Edwards winner.
2. YALSA’s web site lists the titles that have been nominated for the different selected lists at
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.

Thanks for all you do to get teens reading!

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